Brandon O'Connor, Author at Magnolia State Live



Downtown Vicksburg’s open container ordinance set to make RiverFest an even bigger success

It is nights like Friday and Saturday where people will be walking around having fun and listening to music that decisions like the one the ... Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Friday, April 20, 2018 11:42 am

pearl high school

‘We chose to let it make us stronger’: Former Pearl High School principal reflects on 1997 school shooting

“A large-scale tragedy can do one of two things for you,” Balentine said. “That is either it can destroy you, or it can make you ... Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Monday, February 12, 2018 9:08 am


Mississippi author Marc Mitchell cranks out 50,000 words every November as part of NaNoWriMo

Fifty thousand words in one month is a lot of writing by anyone’s standards, but for the past six years, Marc Mitchell has been pounding ... Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:59 am


WWII veterans in Mississippi, including a 100-year-old man, receive high school diplomas

World War II veterans Herbert Jackson, 100, and Robert Joseph Jefferson, 95, were presented with honorary high school diplomas as both joined the U.S. Army ... Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Friday, December 1, 2017 8:01 am


As Warren County firefighters mourn, other fire departments step up to fill in

The brotherhood among firefighters was on full display in Warren County Friday morning during a time of need for local firefighters. Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Saturday, November 25, 2017 2:03 pm


Mississippi Barbecue Company prepares for a 2018 launch

After getting out of the nuclear industry and selling his business, Dale Jennings wanted a project in downtown Vicksburg. The Mississippi Barbecue Company was born. ... Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Monday, November 20, 2017 12:33 pm


Vicksburg kicker earns trust of team with 50-plus yard field goals

“We knew he had a strong leg and I told him he’s going to get some opportunities to make some big kicks down the stretch." Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11:52 am

Civil Rights

New Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Mississippi History will work together to tell the state's story

The two museums, which will open to the public Dec. 9 in Jackson, share a building and tell the entire story of Mississippi. Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11:17 am

Food & Drink

Aspiring chefs take advantage of Hinds Community College’s culinary program

Starting from scratch two years ago, the school’s culinary arts program has grown to include nearly 90 students between its high school and college programs. Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:44 am


Missing Mississippi man with dementia found dead in crashed pickup

A Vicksburg man reported missing Saturday morning was found dead Sunday evening at the Warren County and Issaquena County line. Read more

by Brandon O'Connor, Monday, October 9, 2017 3:08 am

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